There are a few fashion faux pas that sometimes crop up in polite society. Like white shoes or the man bag. Here’s a cheat sheet if you’ve been wondering if you can pull it off:
When is it okay to wear:
A Ferrari branded leather jacket:
When you’re on your scooter. True story. Not, I repeat, not when you’re in your Ferrari.
An ANCYL/ANC beret:
You may be pushing things a bit if you wear this to work and your capitalist bore of a boss isn’t big on irony. I doubt there are DA berets, but watch this space and avoid when relevant.
Never. Move along now.
Whenever you need it. Stuffing your pockets with a cellphone and wallet makes you look like you’re wearing harem pants*. Choose a man-bag with a strap that crosses your chest to carry it like a manly man.
Brogues shoes sans socks:
Art galleries, quirky coffee shops and jewellery launches are a flytrap for these. Avoid windswept squares or fields with those spiky things that scratch ankles.
Shoes with socks:
The trend is towards shorts with socks and deck shoes; keep this one on ice until summer. Obviously. Socks are a fully-fledged accessory these days in their own right, wear them bright.
As B-list celebs troop through our corridors (we share office space with entertainment publications) this magazine feels that the trend has been hijacked by wannabe celebs and girls who want to hide a large chunk of their faces. Avoid, or be judged.
Printed cardigans go well with skinny jeans, a moustache and those thick-rimmed glasses all the creative kids wear these days. Wear as you start your own design company or blog in coffee shops.
Only if you’re trying to appear thuggish or going to your matric dance and don’t know any better.
See above note on Crocs.
In the newsroom of some quirky, start-up urban magazine. Or at OR Tambo where you can impress the American and European girls fresh off the boat.
The classic trench is a winter stable, but avoid if you’re likely to find yourself on street corners, especially Oxford Road in Sandton or anywhere in Hilbrow. Could be a bad start to your evening.
The future, and only if there’s leather involved. It’s been making the news in the UK – you know, that baby-grow type outfit worn by men including Sean Connery in his James Bond days. No matter what the fashionistas say, stay away from these.
*Like Jasmine’s in Aladdin.